WBAI Radioâs Building Bridges: Your Community and Labor Reportâs
Produced & Hosted by Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
Special Live Broadcast Of
District Council 37's Massive Fightback Rally at City Hall
No Layoffs, No Contracting Out and No Service Cutbacks
Tuesday, June 14th 4 â 6 pm
DC 37 rocked City Hall with its biggest demonstration ever.
On June 14, DC 37 union members, joined by allies of the working class stood up
for their union rights and economic needs, fight back against the fiscal assault on our public schools and public health care, the shredding of public services that prevent child abuse and keep rats from running wild in New York City, and raise their voices against the drive to crush public employees' rights from coast to coast. They stopd in solidarity to protect the libraries where so many immigrants enhance their language skills, where so many of the unemployed use free computers to search for jobs, and where so many children - especially the city's record 43,000 homeless children - do their homework. They spoke out for the public parks and pools, the only free recreation available for working families.
By letting the state âmillionairesâ taxâ expire in December, the Mayor and the Governor are cutting taxes on the wealthy by $5 billion a year. Mayor Bloomberg has squandered taxpayer money by throwing away three-quarters of a billion dollars on the CityTime payroll project (where the contractor is also accused of stealing $80 million from the city), failing to collect business taxes that are owed to the city, and continuing to waste some $10 billion on 18,000 private contracts for work city employees could perform. If his administration can waste that kind of money, then the Mayor can afford to cancel the
service cuts & layoffs, stop the attacks on public employee benefits and get real about raises for workers.
The right-wing effort to destroy union rights and drive workers hard fought for wages and benefits further down the economic ladder is a cancer that will spread unless we stop it.